Eisenhower's Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia in the 1950s


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Why was the New Look policy a turn toward a total containment of communism?

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1. Given Eisenhower's domino theory, which countries were the first to potentially fall and create a chain reaction in the region?

2. The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization originated in 1954 and was integral to _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In order to pass this quiz, you'll need a firm understanding of Eisenhower's foreign policy in Southeast Asia, particularly related to Laos. You'll also need to identify the names of related policies and organizations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz questions will ask you about the following:

  • Eisenhower's New Look foreign policy
  • What Eisenhower used to renew support for his strategy in Southeast Asia
  • The name of the defense organization formed in Manila
  • The name of the communist-nationalist organization in Laos
  • The reason Eisenhower did not want to lose Laos to communism
  • The name of the American-led training mission for the Royal Laotian Army

Skills Practiced

You'll be able to practice the following skills while using this quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Southeast Asia foreign policy in the 1950s
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Eisenhower's foreign policy actions and motivations and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the situation in Laos during Eisenhower's presidency

Additional Learning

View the accompanying lesson called Eisenhower's Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia in the 1950s for more details on this tense decade. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The global situation at the start of Eisenhower's presidency
  • Military Assistance Advisory Group - Indochina (MAAG)
  • Ho Chih Minh, the Viet Minh and the First Indochina War
  • The Battle of Dien Bien Phu and John Foster Dulles' United Action plan
  • The Geneva Conferences of 1954 and 1962
  • The creation of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN)
  • The Vietnam War
  • Trouble in Laos